Year 1 - Sapphire Class

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Welcome to Year 1 with Mrs Hayward and Mrs Kemp.


Our topic during the Summer term is Transport.

Outlined below is a vision of what we aim to cover.

In history we will be exploring Space, Planes, trains and automobiles. We will be exploring the development of transport though work on timelines. The children will be learning about famous people including Mae Jemison and Neil Armstrong and the race to space. The children will learn to describe significant people from the past, ask questions about people in the past and use dates where appropriate.

In Geography the children will take part in a local study, including a traffic survey. They will learn to use geographical terms to describe an area., identify major geographical features., use maps and plans, globes and atlases to help. The children will learn to understand and use basic symbols on a map. We will look at bus routes and timetables.
The children will also learn to use the compass directions — North, South, East, West
We will learn about Nantwich and Crewe stations, Manchester airport, bus routes, routes on a map, market towns, train lines, timetables, and world travel.

In art the focus is Abstract art, we will look at the work of Jackson Pollock.
The children will learn about sculpture with a focus on wheels.
The children will learn to use a combination of shapes, including lines and texture using a variety of materials eg. rolled up paper, straws etc.

In Design and Technology the children will learn to observe, draw and design a bicycle through the story of Christopher's Bicycle. They will learn to Design, Make and Evaluate. The children will be exploring products and how they have changed.

In music using the stimulus of 'Old MacDonald had a farm', the children will ; Take part in singing, accurately following the melody. Learn to use sounds expressively to illustrate part of a story. Learn to select sounds carefully in response to a story.

In science through activities involving the planting of beans, the children will learn how to identify identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants by planting a bean. Learn how to describe how to plant a bean. Learn how to ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways in the context of considering what plants need to grow. Learn how to suggest a question about plants and a way we could answer it.

In R.E. the children will learn about Identity diversity and belonging. The key questions that will be asked are;
What can we find out about Christianity by visiting the local church?
How do Christians show they belong?
How do Christians celebrate marriage?
The children will also learn about the Jewish Concept of God, and ask the question; What do Jews say God is like?


In English the children will be developing their knowledge and skills of oral and written retelling. They will be encouraged to attempt to write short sentences in meaningful contexts by linking sounds to letters. We will be sharing a variety of stories including 'The curiosity of the missing mammoth'

In maths we will be revising and building on skills previously taught including addition and subtraction to twenty. The children will be learning to count to one hundred in tens and ones. They will be carrying out activities to help them to learn to count in two's and five's. The children will also be learning about mass and weight, capacity and volume.


Useful websites

Here is a link to the Common Exception Word Vimeos

Numbots is an excellent way for your child to practice their mental maths. It helps with understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction so that they can move from counting to calculating.
User names and passwords have been put into their reading diaries.

Here is a link to the spelling videos of the Y1 common exception words. The idea is that the children hear the word read out to them, the children write it down and then they are shown the the correct spelling so they can check it. They can pause the video after each word.

Y1 Spelling-



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